Mayor Betsy Hodges and her STEP-UP Achieve intern

Invest in Students

Help Minneapolis students graduate career and college ready!

In her 2015 State of the City address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called all of Minneapolis to action on behalf of our young people.

"For us to succeed as a community, each of us has to know and act on the truth that we are all responsible for our children and their future -- all of our children, each and every one. We need them ready to work, and we need them ready to participate in our community, and we need them ready to lead."

"One way you can do this is to become a graduation coach for a Minneapolis high school student... Whoever you are -- recent graduate, a mid-career professional, a small-business owner, a senior citizen -- you can help guide our students as they prepare to consider college and career -- and beyond that, to build a future that include giving back to One Minneapolis."

We thank Mayor Hodges for her passion for our young people and encourage you to respond to her call during the coming academic year by becoming a Graduation Coach, Career Fair presenters, STEP-UP Achieve Mock Interviewer or employer, volunteer or advocate for youth!

Graduation coaches and students

Become an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach!

Graduation Coaches provide personal mentoring to help Minneapolis students graduate on time and plan for life after high school. Students benefit from a positive relationship with an adult outside of the family, gain confidence in their academic abilities, and build connections with their peers and school community.

STEP-UP Achieve supervisor and interns

Hire a STEP-UP Achieve Intern

STEP-UP Achieve—part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program — connects businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers, provides critical job training and hands-on experience for young people, and builds a stronger Twin Cities workforce for our knowledge-based global economy.

South High Career Fair Volunteer

Share Your Journey at MPS Career Fairs

Each year dozens of local professionals share their career journeys at our Minneapolis high school Career Fairs. Check back in September for next year's opportunities!

EDTalks guests

Learn about Public Education Issues at EDTalks

EDTalks is a lively series of networking events that engage young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. Stay tuned for details about our September event.

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Join the Minneapolis Alumni Connection

Looking for a great way to give back as a Minneapolis Public Schools alum? Check out these engaging opportunities to support MPS students through the Minneapolis Alumni Connection!